The physical closure of libraries to the public has led to an upsurge in the use of e-books and audiobooks, that is according to Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney.
The Department of Rural and Community Development recently allocated €200,000 for libraries to purchase 5,000 additional e-books and audiobooks to meet the new demand.
Minister Canney said; “The numbers registering to use the Borrowbox service to acquire digital content through the libraries quadrupled last month to nearly 18,000 users, while the number of monthly loans nearly doubled between January and March to more than 120,000.
“Library staff are working on site even though the buildings are closed to the public and the contract with the digital providers was amended to allow people to join the service online without having to go into the library in person.
“Staff in Galway’s county libraries are answering phones and emails so I would encourage people to contact them if they have any questions about using Borrowbox. It is proving to be a great and popular service.”